I do not recommend anyone taking a photograph as I did with this image. I was blinded, friends, unable to see the light meter at all as I peered into my camera to focus on shooting this scene set out before me. After every shot I took I had to put my camera in shade, wait until I could see, look at the viewfinder in order to determine what to do next, made some adjustments all without really knowing how the image would turn out, (my brain was working at double speed!) and then go back to shooting directly into the sun. I did this several times until I got the desired effect I was going after.
Holding the camera with one hand I took this picture while my other hand was up blocking out the sun’s light. Let me see if I can clearly explain this to you. I crossed over my right arm with my left arm (behind my camera) and then holding my hand up towards the sun I moved it to get it to the exact position needed to keep the sun from hitting my camera directly. And I had to do this so that my hand was not seen in the photograph. Got that? That takes coordination and strong hands. My camera with lens weighs six pounds. Yes, I know that doesn’t sound like much, but I dare you to try what I just explained here. And then keep that camera and lens steady without movement while you are attempting to shoot an image you cannot even see properly. (smile)
The sun’s rays on the water took my breath away as I found myself staring and staring as if hypnotized. I was determined to position my hand perfectly in order for the rays of the sun to be seen in the proportion I wanted them to be seen. And I succeeded!! This image is also very underexposed so that is why it looks as though it is near twilight when in actuality this was taken in broad daylight in blinding light. I really pushed my limits with this one and broke every rule in photography by shooting directly towards the sun. Aren’t you glad I did? I sure am!! I could look at this all day long!!! And please don’t miss the flying fish!
Photography/ “The Sun, Flying Fish, And Life Beams” 2015©AmyRose
Photography taken with Canon 50D at Chestnut Ridge County Park on 12-11-15.